Join the Dig Giusewa team—comprised of experts from Jemez Pueblo and Friends of Coronado Historic Site—at Giusewa Pueblo and San Jose Mission every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning on Thursday Aug. 30 (until Oct. 6) to take part in an excavation of a 5x5 meter area at the site. The dig is led by experienced rangers, and offers the opportunity for visitors to take part in the discovery of cultural artifacts—from vessels to projectile points. The guided excavation, which runs from 10am to 2pm, is followed by a quick session wherein the importance of the artifacts is unpacked. Normal admission applies ($5) but is well worth it for the unique experience of participating in a real dig. More information online at kuaua.com/giusewa.
On Friday, Aug. 31 stop in at the closing reception of The Good Life: Extended Nature at Tortuga Gallery (901 Edith Blvd. SE). This group exhibition features work by Andrew Fearnside, Hilda Kirschner and Derrick Montez that responds to the sometimes abstract notion of what “the good life” is, exactly. Your last chance to see this collection of original work in various mediums happens from 6 to 8pm on Friday. Make sure to arrive in time for an interactive panel discussion with the artists at 6:30pm.
Created by Utah-based artist Jake Parker, World Art Drop Day happens every first Tuesday in September—that means that this year the celebration of exchange happens on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The idea is this—every artist, whatever their medium, is encouraged to drop a piece of art wherever they find themselves that day. After hiding the piece, they take a picture, drop a pin, or something of the sort, and share it on social media or otherwise among friends. Then, simply move on, hoping that someone finds it. In that way, the event hopes to encourage exchange and connection, at times even among relative strangers.
With origins in 1950s Havana, Rueda de Casino is a distinct style of salsa that has become popular the world over. Dancers form a circle and exchange partners throughout the night, circling like a wheel—hence the name. As part of an ongoing series, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) invites the curious to Rueda de Casino classes every Tuesday until January—that means this Tuesday, Sept. 4, you can jump in. Beginners are encouraged to attend the 6 to 7pm class, while intermediate and advanced dancers can show up for the 7 to 8pm installment. A sliding scale of $5-10 gets you into this class led by Sarita Streng, Nick Babic, Adam Metcalf and Larry Heard.